Pakistan stands for peace and desires to coexist in peace with its neighbors and beyond: COAS
To mark the 62nd Independence Day in a befitting manner, a spectacular Army parade was held at the elegantly lit drill square of Pakistan Military Academy at midnight on 13-14 August.
The Chief of Army Staff, General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani, was the chief guest on this occasion. He unfurled the national flag welcoming the dawn of 62nd Independence Day.
In his address, The Chief of Army Staff said that Pakistan is a peace loving state and it has no aggressive designs against any country or nation.
General Kayani said that Pakistan desires to coexist in peace with its neighbors and beyond; however, he expressed strong reservations on arms race in the region.
Chief of Army Staff said that nobody should take Pakistan as weak state. He said that Pakistan’s defense is invincible. He said that no terrorist can impose his agenda for the accomplishment of nefarious designs and to malign Islam.
He said that Pakistan’s war against terrorism not based on religion and ethnicity. He further said that terrorists have no religion and no nationality. He said that 170 million people would never bow before these elements.
General Ishfaq Pervez Kiyani further said that it is our joint responsibility to make the country’s defense invincible. He said it is a moment to uphold Quaid’s principles of Unity, Faith and Discipline.
He said that he has no doubt, that as a nation, we have the capability and capacity to surmount all the challenges confronting us today.
He said that 300 personnel and 38 officers martyred during four-month operation in Swat and Malakand division while 960 officers and army personnel injured. He further said that more than 2.5 million people have become homeless due to war against terrorism. He said that excessive use of force is not the perpetual solution of any issue. However, Pakistan army has used this option as a final tactics.
The Chief of Army Staff, General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani also hosted a reception for senior serving and retired Armed Forces Officers, Junior Commissioned Officers and Non Commissioned Officers at the Artillery Officers Mess as part of the Independence Day Celebrations here today. General (Retired) Abdul Waheed, Nishan-i-Imtiaz (Military), Sitara-i-Basalat was the chief guest
The reception was attended by a large number of senior serving and retired officers, Junior Commissioned Officers and Non Commissioned Officers including the families of those martyred during Operation Rah-e-Rast.
Earlier on arrival at the parade venue, The Chief of Army Staff was presented with the general salute. Spectacular Military Brass and Pipe Band display marked the culmination of the parade.
A large number of people from all walks of life, senior serving and retired civil and military officials witnessed the spectacular parade at Pakistan Military Academy to mark the sixty second Independence Day.